Search suspended for man missing in Nushagak Bay
An air and sea search has been suspended in Nushagak Bay near Dillingham for a crewman missing from an fishing vessel that overturned Wednesday.
U.S. Coast Guard authorities said Wednesday evening that the six-hour search covered 25 square miles of water and 23 miles of coastline after the capsize.
Alaska State Troopers identified the missing man as 59-year-old John Phillips of Juneau. The survivors included 31-year-old Petersburg resident Jeb Phillips and a teenage boy.
An Alaska State Troopers dispatch said incident was first reported near the village of Clark’s Point just after 7:45 a.m.
“Preliminary investigation revealed crew members awoke to the 58-foot fishing tender Pacific Knight taking on water,” troopers wrote. “The three-man crew attempted to exit the vessel. Two were able to successfully exit the vessel and were rescued.”
Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said good Samaritans aboard another vessel, the Amanda C, picked up the rescued men. A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was sent to the area to assist troopers and local searchers seeking Phillips.
“It was reported to us that he was not wearing a [personal flotation device] at the last time they saw him,” Rios said.
Weather conditions in the search area include winds at 5 to 10 mph, as well as seas at 2 to 3 feet.
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